Monday, November 7, 2011
I love action films. They are probably my favorite type of film. Unfortunately the good old USA doesn't make allot of good ones. So you may notice a heavy Asian influence on this list. And I will start off by saying, no one, no one, can do action like the great John Woo.
10.) Rapid Fire: Brando Lee proves hes better than his dad, yes I do really mean that, as he must defend himself from Mobsters, and crooked cops who are out to kill him
9.) The Crow: Brandon Lee again makes the list. This time he plays a dead rock singer who comes back to avenge the murder of himself, and his girlfriend. Fantastic dark comic book film, that sadly was Lee's last role. He died during filming.
8.) The Killer: John Woo, the godfather of action films presents the tail of a hit man who is double crossed by his employers, and must team up with the cop who's after him.
7.) Death Race: The new Death Race, with my personal favorite tough guy, Jason Statham. Not a remake, but a re-telling. Statham is framed for the murder of his wife, and sent to a prison where they broadcast Death Race. Which is exactly what it sounds like. A race to the death, in cars equipped with weapons
6.) Hard Target: John Woos first American film, which stars Jean Claude Van Dam. In this JCVD plays a Cajun, being hunter for sport by Lance Henrickson. Out of this world Slow motion action scenes make this a must see.
5.) Rumble in the Bronx: The film that made Jackie Chan a house hold name in America. Jackie comes to New York, which looks just like Canada in this film to help his uncle out in his grocery store. Once there the store is terrorized by a biker gang. Non stop action and stunt work.
4.) Transporter 2: Jason Statham does what Denzel Washington tried to do in Man on Fire, only better. He must save a boy he has ben hired to drive to school, when the kid is injected with a deadly strain of virus. Car chases, gun fights, amazing chase scene with a jet ski on a free way, and non stop martial arts action
3.) Drive: Not the new film with Ryan Gossling, no this stars Marc Decascos, Britney Murphy, and Dwayne Wane from a Different World. Decascos stars as man with a chip inside him that can enhance his reflexes. Hes on the run from hit men who want the chip. This features the best martial arts fight scenes in film history.
2.) Face Off: John Woo returns with the best action film ever made in America. John Travolta, and Nicholas Cage star as two men who trade faces. A revolutionary medical technique allows an undercover agent to take the physical appearance of a major criminal and infiltrate his organization. Both actors get a chance to play the hero and villain. This has some of the best choreographed action scenes in film history.
1.) Hard Boiled: John Woo does it again. This time an undercover agent teams with a street tough cop to bring down a ruthless criminal organization. This is every action fans wet dream. Over 2 hours of gun fights, chases, explosions, you name it. Sliding down stairs with firing two guns is amazing to watch here. The ending features a 20 minute plus shoot out at a morgue, that must be scene to be believed.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Starting today, through next Sunday it will be Top 10 Week here at Big Kahuna Movie Reviews. As many readers know I have a two and a half year old son. Because of this I watch a lot of kids movies. It's cool though because most of them are fantastic. Hell, theres a few that really tug at the heart strings. I had to fight back the tears in a few of them. So here I present the top 10 Best Children's films
10.) Lady And The Tramp: Every one knows this story. Rich Cocker Spaniel meets a stray mutt, and they fall in love. Its as good today at age 37, as it was when I was 5. It's a fantastic film. But the words Disney, and Fantastic go hand in hand.
9.) Up: Ok, the 1st 20minutes of this film is incredibly depressing. But once you get past that its a very funny and heartwarming film about an old man named Carl who rigs his house with balloons so he can float off to Paradise Falls. Unfortunately for Carl a little boy named Russel who's trying to get a Scout Badge. Together they encounter Bad Guys, Talking dogs, and a giant Skype named Kevin.
8.) Toy Story: When Andy is not around his toys come to life. Tom Hanks is Sheriff Woody, and he becomes very jealous when Andy's new toy Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen comes to live with them.
7.) Monsters Inc.: Billy Crystal and John Goodman provide the voices for Mike and Sully. Sully is the top scarer for the Monsters Inc. Company. A company that uses children's screams to power their world. When Sully accidental brings back a little 2 year old girl named "Boo" back to their world he soon learns that scaring kids is not a good thing.
6.) Toy Story 2: This is a great film, especially if your a toy collector such as myself. Woody get stolen by Big Al from Big Al's Toy Barn and is going to be sold to a museum in Japan. Its up to Buzz and the rest of the toys to save him.
5.) Monster House: This is an awesome cartoon about a house that is haunted by the ghost of the owners dead wife. Anyone who gets close to the house gets eaten. As Halloween is coming up, and there will be Trick or Treaters everywhere. DJ, Chowder, and Jenny, three kids from the neighborhood, team up to stop the house. This has fantastic voice work by Jason Lee, Steve Busemme, Kevin James, and Kathleen Turner.
4.) How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup is a young Viking, who is absolutely horrible at everything. His village is raided by dragons on a daily basis, and one night he manages to capture a Dragon Fury who he names Toothless. He let's it go, and the two become friends. This is just a beautiful cartoon. I must admit it is very touching, and almost brought my wife to tears twice. I didn't cry but I did get choked up.
3.) Toy Story 3: Andy is all grown up, and going to college. So when Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the toys feel like they are no longer wanted they end up at Sunny Side Daycare. Problem is the daycare is run by Lotso Hug 'N' Bear, who is as evil as they come. Woody, must save Buzz and the rest of the gang, great escape style. This is actually the first animated film my son watched. He loves it. He has Toy Story toys, clothes, stuffed animals, pajamas, plates, cups, chairs, you name it. This film had me fighting back the tears towards the end. My wife couldn't fight them back. She cried.
2.) Despicable Me: Gru wants to steal the world and be the worlds greatest Super Villain. So with the help of his Minions, which are weird hot dog shaped yellow things that speak gibberish, he adopts 3 little girls to help him achieve this. Only thing standing in his way is another new villain named Vector. This is probably the funniest animated film I have ever seen. I laugh my ass off every time I watch it. Nothing really here to tug the heart strings, just a great animated comedy for kids, and adults
1.) The Iron Giant: This is without a doubt, in my opinion the best children's cartoon ever made. Its set during the cold war and centers around a little boy named Hogarth Hughes. He finds a giant alien robot voiced by Vin Diesel, and decides to befriend him. He keeps the giant hidden, as the government is looking for it to destroy, as they believe its a weapon. The boy and the robot become friends, but eventually the government finds them both. I wont lie. I could not hold the tears back during this one. No one can. I am getting choked up thinking about the end of the film. I wont give it away though. Just buy it. It's like 10.00 at Amazon.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Plot Synopsis: Jenny is sent to a women's reform school. It is run by evil warden Sutter and her henchwoman Edna. Jenny will stop at nothing to escape but she also has to deal with Charlie the bully
There are two types of film lovers out there. Ones who don't like to think when they watch a film, and ones who do. The later would consist mostly of idiots. If you want to think, read a book. If you don't, watch Reform School Girls. The best women in prison film ever made.
Reform School Girls is the story of Jenny, a girl who gets sentenced to Reform School for being involved in a shoot out when her boyfriend tries to rob a warehouse, or some type of building. Not important. See the robbery, shoot out, and court scene only takes about 2 minutes total, then off to Reform School. Once there Jenny, and a few other new girls have to go and get washed down, as to make sure they don't have any body lice. Full frontal nudity baby, and were only 4 minutes in. See, thinking if for morons.
We are then introduced to Edna, the fat, lesbian head of the ward who keeps the girls in line. One of the new girls is named Lisa. She's not all there, but hot, and carries around a stuffed bunny. It belonged to her now dead brother. See she got sent to reform school because she ran away from her foster parents, after they locked her and her little brother in a hot box, and her brother died. I bet you didn't know you could get locked up for running away. Shouldn't her foster parents have gotten sent to jail, and she could have went to a new family? Ohh well. Edna doesn't let her keep her stuffed bunny, and eventually lights it on fire.
Around this time Jenny runs into Charlie, played by Plasmatics lead singer Wendy O Williams. Here lies my only problem with this film. Wendy has probably the nicest set of boobs this side of 80's Adrian Barbeau, but she looks 40. Come to think of it she was 37 years old at the time of this film. What the hell kind of crime did this bitch commit? Most people get out of reform school when they turn 18, or worst case scenario 21. Well Charlie, and her girls run the unit, and get special privileges from Edna. That's mainly because Charlie sexually pleasures Edna. Jenny, and Charlie don't get along so a cat fight ensues. Lots of cat fights take place. So do lots of shower scenes.
Jenny, and the new girls have to see the schools shrink, who trys to help them. Jenny tells her of all the horrible things that are taking place. Personally I think she should have kept her mouth shut. She could have just kept quiet, and gotten into more catfights in the shower. The girls have to go and do manual labor out in a field somewhere. This makes no sense. They just keep raking the same piece of dirt for hours. But its cool, they get nice and hot in the sun, and have too cool off. They find a cat, and Lisa names it after her dead brother, and sneaks it back to the dorm. Too bad Edna finds it and stops it to death. Also while they are working in the hot sun, getting nice an sweaty Jenny hits on the guy who drives them there. He tells her to meet him in his truck after light out, and he will help her escape. She goes to his truck, and they have, wait for it, 80's style sex. Music, quick shots, and lots of boobs. When he's done he tells the guard shes in the back, and she gets busted, then tortured by Edna. Meanwhile Lisa cant take the death of her cat, and her stuffed animal for that matter and dives off the tower in the yard killing herself.
Jenny can take no more, and decides to inform the shrink of everything going on, and agrees to testify in court against the reform school. Shame Edna finds out and hoses her down until shes basically catatonic, and cant talk. But don't worry just as the hearing against the warden starts Jenny breaks out and leads all the other girls in a full scale riot. Edna tries to stop them with a shot gun, that must have come from another planet, as she fires 37 shots without ever reloading. By this time Charlie has had her fill of Edna, steals a bus and runs it into the tower Edna is standing on and kills her. We then see Jenny getting released while some fresh young things are going in.
Once again, I love this film. I loved it when I was 12 because, I was 12, and it had boobies. I have loved it ever sense. Whats not to like? I mean this was fantastic. I mean even the girls reform school outfits were slutty looking. We got to see these girls shower so much, none of them were ever too dirty. They fought, with plenty of hair tossing around. And the soundtrack was mostly done by Williams, who I was always a fan of. I showed it to my wife back when we were dating, and she even had a good time watching it. Hell I watch it at least twice a year if not more. You have to check it out. Unless you want to think. If that's the case watch Citizen Cane, just remember, that film has no boobies.
Overall 4out of 5 Stars.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
It's ben a few weeks sense my last review, so I thought I would review an old favorite of mine from the 80's Tuff Turf! Forget that Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science crap, this is where its at. Sex, violence, sleaze, and a bad guy who looks like David Hess's son. Oh yea, it stars James Spader, and Robert Downey Jr.
Tuff Turf centers around Morgan Hiller, played by James Spader. He comes from a rich family, who for one reason or another, are now poor. See his dad lost his job, and they had to move to the hood. They never said what his dad used to do, but now he's a cab driver. Which brings me to wonder, could his dad not have gotten a cab driver job back where they lived before? So Spader rides around the seedy parts of town at night on his 10 speed bike, guess his dad sold his car, when he stumbles across Little David Hess's gang robbing some old guy. Morgan breaks it up and peddles off, so he can go home and get some sleep before his first day at a new school. See where this is going yet?
Well when he peddles into his new school, who do we see also attends? Yes David Hess Jr.'s gang. Hess Jr. is actually Nick, the leader of a tough street gang that runs the school. Not much of a gang. he just has three other members, and his smoking hot 80's slut style girlfriend. So Morgan meets Robert Downey Jr in class and the two become best friends. Downey even invites Morgan to see his band play later that night. As the two BFF's are leaving Nick and his gang spray paint Morgan, and smash his bike. Morgan doesn't seem to care as he's busy staring at Nicks slut Frankie. Bad choice in names. I went to school with a girl named Frankie. She was a fat bag of yeast. Ugly as a CHUD. But this chick is hot.
So later Morgan steals a car and drives off to see Downey's band play. In a cool twist, all the music is from Jim Carrol Band. Can you guess who shows up as well? That's right Nicks gang. They don't see Morgan at first, as hes busy dancing with Frankie. 80's dancing baby. You know where everyone is dancing completely in sync. Well they grab Morgan, beat him down, and steal his car. Problem is, he stole the car in the first place, so Nick and his gang get pulled over and arrested for car theft. This was just a dumb scene though, as nick and his boys already had a car.
Seeing as how Nick and his boys are sitting in jail, Morgan decides to start romancing Frankie. He picks her up in Nicks car, see the guy never should have left it parked by that club, and takes her to a country club, then a jazz bar. I have to say this was a huge slow down to the film. It goes on for like 20minutes, and is just very boring. But the action picks up when Nick and boys trap Morgan in the locker room at school, and beat the shit out of him. Its actually a cool scene. they take towels and load then up with locks, then just whip the shit out of him.
Later that night Nick proposes to Frankie, and as he looks like David Hess, she has no choice but to say yes. So when Morgan finds out about this, he does what any man would do. He asks her to have dinner with him at his parents house. Yea, sounds dumb, but its going somewhere, See Nick and his guys see her there, and when she leaves they ask he to help them rob some shmuck, like they were doing in the opening scene. She says yes, until the shmuck in question is Morgan's dad. She freaks out, so Nick and his guys attack. Well, its not much of an attack. Morgan's dad actually beats the shit out of all of them until Nick shoots him. Whoich makes me wonder, if a 50 year old fat guy can beat the crap out of all of these guys, why was everyone afraid of them?
She calls Morgan from the hospital to tell him what happened, and rather then stay by his dads bedside he takes her home to have sex with her. 80's sex. You know where you hear the slow music as the girl gets naked, then you see a few random sex scene shots before it fades out and you have to uses your imagination. Well Nick sees this, which proves he has no life and just sits outside Morgans house and watches him, and flips out. He beats down Frankie's dad, and smacks the shit out of her as well. Then he calls Morgan, and tells him to meet him at the warehouse in 20 minutes. I wonder how Morgan knew what warehouse to go to.
Anyway Morgan shows up, and the 80's fight ensues, with Morgan holding his own until Nicks gang grabs him. Just as Nick is going to shoot him, Robert Downey Jr. shows up with two doberman pincher's and evens the odds. So Nick, and Morgan have, what is actually a cool fight scene that features, swinging from a rope, a board with nails, an axe, a gun, and a fair amount of blood. Not only does Morgan win, he actually kills Nick, then takes Frankie to the jazz club as the credits play.
Great film. Spader was actually a bad ass pretty boy. Robert Downey is fantastic in everything. Kim Richards, as Frankie cant act, but who cares. She was hot. And Paul Mones as Nick was effective, based on the fact he looked like David Hess's son. The soundtrack is good, and I love that fact its not your typical 80's high school film. Its pretty hardcore in spots. Highly recommended.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!